Life Sentence in Tattoo Ink Slaying

Teen killed in 2010 argument

Friday, Nov 11, 2011  |  Updated 10:51 AM EDT
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Life Sentence in Tattoo Ink Slaying

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A man convicted of killing a teenager in Greenbelt, Md., over some tattoo ink will spend the rest of his life in jail.

Prosecutors said 21-year-old Rydell Estep shot and killed 16-year-old Jericka Chambers after they got in an argument in May 2010. They said today's sentence of life without parole sends a clear message.

Estep was convicted of first-degree murder in the killing of 16-year-old Jericka Chambers of Landover. Prosecutors and police say Chambers had tattoo ink that Estep wanted.

Authorities say Estep snatched the ink from Chambers, and when the teenager tried to get it back, Estep took out a gun and shot her in the head.

Estep's twin brother, who was also arrested, helped get the guilty verdict in the case and will not face any charges, prosecutors said.

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